Join Michigan and Jackson Audubon to oppose Sandhill Crane status change
to non-protected species in Michigan!
From Michigan Audubon:
Michigan Audubon’s leadership, chapters, members, and supporters have steadily opposed repeated proposals to remove federal protections and hunt the sandhill crane. We believe the majority of Michigan residents would like to continue to see the Sandhill Crane protected as a traditional non-game (migratory) bird species in Michigan, too. We urge you to share your opinions about this issue to ensure more voices are heard.
Conservation groups like Michigan Audubon have been speaking out against short-sighted, special interest (sport shooting) proposals for several years. “Claims made by proponents of a proposed crane hunt fail to understand key differences and data about migratory population ecology, reproductive biology, and wildlife management from a sustainability perspective,” said Heather Good, Michigan Audubon’s Executive Director. “We ought to reinforce, not remove, federal protections this bird has earned over the last century. It’s time that our state legislative leaders step up to the plate and make better, sounder, more balanced decisions for the sustainable future of Michigan’s rich natural history–for people and wildlife alike.”
Read the complete Michigan Audubon statement and see how you can contact the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.
In Memory of Hubert Zernickow and Chuck Mekbel
Also In Memory of Chuck Mekbel who passed away November 19, 2019 while birding in one of his favorite spots, Watkins Lake State Park, among his JAS Tuesday Group friends.
Some of the thousands of fantastic bird photos he took and shared with Jackson Audubon over the years are posted on the website at JacksonAudubon.org
Audubon and cranes lost a good friend August 6, 2019 when Hubert Peter Zernickow passed away at age 97. After many years of good health, he fell requiring a hip replacement and then suffered a series of setbacks before being transferred to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Center, Jackson. Hugh served as president of Michigan Audubon from 1976 to 1978, and previously as vice president and chairman of the Finance Committee. During his tenure as president his calming demeanor helped M.A.S. overcome a controversial proposal to extract hydrocarbon at Baker Sanctuary. He also served as president of Jackson Audubon Society, was a compiler of the Waterloo Christmas Bird Count and served from its formation on the Haehnle Committee. Hugh was a strong advocate of the Haehnle Sanctuary, volunteering at workbees, making weekly cranes counts during the fall and providing sound advice and financial support. Photography was among his other many interests, especially using Leica equipment.
His wife, Norene, preceded him in death. He is survived by grandson John Hoye and wife Laura, and a great grandson, Chris. Honoring his wishes, there was no funeral or memorial service. Remembrances may be given to the Hugh and Norene Zernickow Memorial for the Haehnle Sanctuary. They can be sent with the notation Haehnle Sanctuary to either the Jackson Audubon Society, P.O. Box 6453, Jackson, MI 49204 or to Michigan Audubon, 2310 Science Parkway, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864.
Bill & Cheryl Wells hosted the Haehnle Committee picnic in 2019. Pictured are Lathe & Cathy Claflin, Gary & Jeanette Childs (who very sadly passed in 2020, see newsletter), Marsi Darwin, Helena Robinovitz, Tom & Sharon Hodgson and grandchildren, Pam & Jim Rossman, Bill Wells, Steve Jerant and Gary Siegrist.
We especially missed Ron & Joan Hoffman that day.
Habitat Work Crew
Days & times vary.
We'll have a variety of tasks so no experience necessary. Work gloves are helpful. For more information please email Steve Jerant at
Coming in the Spring
If you see anyone vandalizing any item at Haehnle Sanctuary please call 911 immediately and report them. If you find evidence of vandalism please call Lathe at